Definition of circumlocutory in US English:



  • Using many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive; long-winded.

    ‘he has a meandering, circumlocutory speaking style’
    • ‘Breakfast rooms across India display a vista of glazed eyes ploughing wearily through the turgid, circumlocutory language of the morning papers.’
    • ‘His theories are often circumlocutory and warped.’
    • ‘After 20 years in the Senate, he has developed a meandering, circumlocutory speaking style.’
    • ‘Other television station announcers had been less circumlocutory in declaring the result.’
    • ‘Joe's conversational exchanges with the convalescent Pip are hilariously circumlocutory.’
    periphrastic, circuitous, indirect, roundabout
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